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How long have you worked there for and what is your notice period?
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Hi there, no sorry I was just responding to your ‘thank you’ As far as your query is concerned, you are able to resign at any point and the employer cannot refuse to accept your resignation. The issue is that you would be expected to work your notice period, otherwise you would be acting in breach of contract. With a notice period of 3 months your employer will have plenty of time to go through the disciplinary procedure and, if necessary, dismiss you for gross misconduct before your notice period run out. Even in these circumstances you cannot actually be forced to disclose the information they are after in relation to these allegations. They may ask you for it but you still can refuse to disclose that. It does mean that the employer can take this into account when coming to a decision and it will likely mean you are dismissed as a result but at least you would not have to fear any repercussions of the employer getting hold of this information. As mentioned, otherwise the option is that you resign without serving your notice period but that would place you in breach of contract.
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Many thanks. If there is a written contract in place and it contains a specific clause detailing the notice period an employee is supposed to give if they wanted to leave their employment, they will be contractually bound by it. Therefore, if the employee fails to honour this notice period then they will be acting in breach of contract. The employer then has the option of suing the employee to seek compensation for damages resulting from their breach. However, in reality such claims are very rarely made. This is mainly due to the costs and time involved, also the relatively small damages that can be recovered. Also the employer has to show that actual losses have been incurred and often that is not easy to do. So whilst there is no way of predicting whether the employer will take this any further or not, chances are that they will not. A more likely outcome is that the employer refuses to provide a reference in the future or if they do, it could mention that the employee had breached their contract.
So these are the main issues you need to worry about if you decide to leave without honouring your contractual notice period.
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